“I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the President of the United States. I am not a candidate for black America, although I am black and proud….”
This sound like the speech Barack Obama gave on the eve of him throwing his hat in the three-ring circus of the election for CEO of America Inc. You could not be more wrong. This was a speech delivered 36 years ago, by one Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, pioneer, warrior and the first African woman to attempt purify that den of inequity called the U.S congress, and the first African woman to run for CEO of the Corporation.
Like Obama, it was initially seen as a hopeful step by “one-of-us, by some-of-us, the disposes, the unrepresented, the marginalized in the African Community. In fact, Chisholm’s decision was so odd that she wasn’t taken seriously, until she started shaking up the old boys club. In her biography-The good fight- she wrote, “In this country everybody is supposed to be able to run for president, but that’s never been really true. I ran because most people think the country is not ready for Black president, not ready for a woman candidate”